• Providential Governance Of Big Things

    Acts 17:26–27a

    Scripture frequently condemns empires for thinking that they come to power through their own efforts (Isa. 10:5–19). Nations do not rise and fall by their own design but succeed and fail only according to the Lord’s will. We should therefore ...Read More

  • Providence And Common Grace

    Matthew 5:45b

    Many people rail against the Lord, believing that they deserve a better life than the one they have received. God’s common grace, however, reminds us that as creatures we are undeserving even of our very existence. May that lead us ...Read More

  • Providential Preservation

    Nehemiah 9:6

    Martin Luther writes in his Large Catechism that whatever “is in heaven and upon the earth, is daily given, preserved, and kept for us by God”; thus, “it is our duty to love, praise, and thank Him for it without ...Read More

  • God’s Decree And Creation

    Genesis 1:1

    Genesis 3 tells us that not long after creation, the sin of Adam and Eve plunged the good created order into a state of disarray. Nevertheless, our fallen creation was created very good by our Creator, and God will restore ...Read More

  • God’s Eternal Decree

    Ephesians 1:11

    God has an eternal decree that outlines His intent and purposes for creation, and all that He does is done in accordance with this decree. We can be sure, therefore, that everything that happens in creation—in our very lives—has a ...Read More

  • Illumining Scripture

    1 Corinthians 2:10b–16

    In all of our study of Scripture, we must never forget our need of the Holy Spirit’s assistance. As we read God’s Word, let us pray that the Spirit would illumine it so that we would understand and apply it ...Read More

  • Interpreting Scripture With the Church

    Acts 15:1–35

    Many of the greatest errors in church history arose when an individual was unwilling to read Scripture with the rest of the church. We cannot be unchurched Christians or Christians who are unwilling to submit to one another in the ...Read More

  • Reading the Bible Holistically

    Matthew 19:1–9

    Understanding any one portion of Scripture correctly demands that we read it in the context of all of Scripture. That is why it is so important for us to be whole-Bible Christians. We must diligently study all that God has ...Read More

  • Explicit and Implicit Teaching

    1 Corinthians 10:1–11

    Cults typically base their doctrine on obscure passages of Scripture and on conclusions they draw from implicit teaching that contradict the explicit teaching of Scripture. We must be careful never to do that. If our belief contradicts an explicit teaching ...Read More

  • Personification, Hyperbole, and Metaphor

    Isaiah 55:12

    Some people point to obvious instances of hyperbole, personification, or metaphor in Scripture and use them to accuse the Bible of not telling the truth. That represents a failure to read the text as it was intended by its original ...Read More

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